Why Do Batteries Matter?
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What's up, Electric friends! Ever wanted to know about batteries? Well you’re in luck because that’s what we are talking about today.
What kinds of batteries go into your electric vehicle? Why are they important? How does the type of battery affect its overall performance?So, What's The Deal With Electric Vehicle Batteries?
There are three types of batteries you will find in most light Electric vehicles: Lithium Ion Batteries, Lead Acid Batteries, and in some cases, Lithium Titanate Batteries.
Lead Acid Batteries
Lead Acid Batteries have been around since the 1850’s, and are one of the oldest types of rechargeable batteries. Lead Acid batteries have a few awesome things about them. To begin, they are the most economical battery type you can find in an electric vehicle. This means the cost point of the entire vehicle will be lower as a total. As a rechargeable battery, they can handle up between 300-400 charge cycles. When the batteries charge cycles Life is up, it’s time to bring it in for a replacement. But again, as a more economical option, this should be considered regular maintenance for the care of your vehicle.
The other most common type of battery you will see in electric vehicles are lithium Ion batteries. You’ll find these batteries in electronics as well as electric vehicles, but they are getting more popular for use in aerospace projects!
Lithium Ion Batteries
Lithium Ion batteries are a rechargeable battery and without getting too technical, their chemical composition means they have a longer life, and a lighter weight than Lead Acid batteries.
You’ll find lithium ion batteries in vehicles where weight is a performance factor- like electric bikes and scooters. These batteries typically last for around 1,000 charges. That’s great, too, because it means fewer replacements, and a longer lifespan.
The trade off here is that Lithium ion batteries have a higher price point, which can increase the costs of replacement and the vehicle as a whole. But keep in mind the trade off in the long run: a lighter battery that requires less replacement over time, and almost three times the battery life!
Lithium Titanite Batteries
Finally we have LTO, or a Lithium Titanite Battery. These batteries are similar to Lithium Ion, but have some distinct chemical differences. LTO’s are highly regarded for their longevity, as they can last up to 20,000 charges per battery. They also charge exceptionally quickly. Literally as little as 20 minutes.
To put that into perspective, depending on the amount of use, your LTO battery could last for decades before it needs replacing, and will charge faster than any other light electric vehicle with a non LTO battery.
LTO batteries are the highest price point of the batteries on the market today, and are trending ever higher in popularity.
What's The Best Type Of Battery For Me?
Whether you are interested in Lead Acid, lithium Titanate, or Lithium Ion, it’s important to know that no battery lasts forever, and all will need are and replacement at some point.
But that said, both batteries are excellent options that provide safe, reliable and efficient means to support your electric vehicle!
But Wait, Before You Go!
A few quick tips for conserving your batteries long and healthy life:
- If you only use your vehicle occasionally, give it a charge every 3-4 weeks, to keep the battery from dying.
- Always unplug your vehicle when you see that the charge is 100%
- When not riding your device, keep your battery stored at around 30-60%, in dry conditions, and away from extreme temperatures.
One reason it’s a good idea to unplug your battery after it's fully charged is that if the battery is at a fully charged but plugged in, power is still attempting to enter the fully charged battery- and that surplus actually tires the batteries’ capability.
Think of it like a party that’s at capacity, with a line up out the door. The people trying to continuously get in, end up creating more trouble for the party as a whole. In short, once the battery is full, cut off access to new power.
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